Here’s another example of how lucky I think I am to be in this study. In the first phase of the PCI 32765 study, it was known, or at least assumed, that the drug might be a good lifetime treatment for CLL, but was unlikely to be a cure. Since it wasn’t to be a cure, two of the original participants dropped out of the study and opted for stem cell transplants. One of them has since died of the transplant. I haven’t had to face that decision yet, thanks to the fantastic results of the PCI 32765.
Now, these are still very short term results, as I’ve only been on this drug for five months, but most of the folks who started the Phase I study back in October 2010 are still on the drug and at this point, many of them have been on the drug almost two years, and still no serious adverse effects have been noted. Amazing.
Yes, I am so fortunate to live in the U.S. If I had been born in Uganda, Peru, China, Russia or perhaps even England or Germany or dozens and dozens of other countries across the world, I’d either be dead or dying by now. And of course, I had no control whatever over where I was born. It just happened that way. I’m a lucky man. I’m being watched over by Someone. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this Gift, but I’m eternally grateful and hope to live my life in a way which justifies what I’ve been given.